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Exponential growth

We've all heard the saying, "a little goes a long way." For 57 families in a six-city area, the saying rings true, says Vicky Dayton of Housing Opportunities Inc. The non-profit housing solutions company builds affordable housing through the use of federal and state grants. Since 1999, over $40 million in federal and state awards have been awarded, but it almost didn't happen, Dayton said.

April 07, 2016 | Veronica Coons | Local News


Out of the Morgue

Since its founding in 1872, Great Bend has held spring elections for local officials, and this year saw the last. In 1886, there was a particularly tight race for mayor, so in the spirit of honoring the past and saying goodbye to a long-standing election tradition, this week Out of the Morgue looks back at that election and the results.

April 06, 2016 | Veronica Coons | Local News


Barton County general elections

A provisional ballot cast in Great Bend's Third Ward could change the outcome of one city council race. Unofficial results Tuesday showed Cory Zimmerman winning the seat with 16 votes, while Doug Keiswetter had 15 and needed one to tie. Thomas Boor was a close third with 12 votes. All three were write-in candidates.

April 05, 2016 | Veronica Coons | Local News


Just doing his job

In light of the criticism raised by conservative groups over Senator Jerry Moran's support of consideration of Supreme Court nominee Merrick Garland, it's time we all refresh our memory of what the term conservatism actually means.

March 30, 2016 | Veronica Coons | Viewpoint


Out of the Morgue

Each week we'll take a step back into the history of Great Bend through the eyes of reporters past. We'll reacquaint you with what went into creating the Great Bend of today, and do our best to update you on what "the rest of the story" turned out to be.

March 30, 2016 | Veronica Coons | Local News


City Council hears details of Arrive Alive

HOISINGTON - Hoisington City Council members learned more about the upcoming Arrive Alive event scheduled for April 6 at their Monday night meeting.

March 28, 2016 | Veronica Coons | Local News


Central Plains Pipeline staff qualifies for state press contest

CLAFLIN - The Pipeline Staff at USD 112's Central Plains High School makes teacher Leslie Crites' job easy she says.

March 26, 2016 | Veronica Coons | Local News


Nine for nine

Editor's note: Warning. This story will likely make you smile.

March 24, 2016 | Veronica Coons | Local News


Ellinwood’s St. Joseph school celebrating 130 years of teaching

ELLINWOOD - Rev. Terrance Klein, parochial administrator of St. Joseph Parish of Ellinwood, was busy placing newly polished candlesticks at the church in preparation for Easter Sunday on Thursday afternoon. This weekend, the church is expecting the return of several hundred alumni of the parish school. They are coming to celebrate the 130th anniversary of this Ellinwood institution.

March 24, 2016 | Veronica Coons | Local News


Out of the Morgue

This week in 1966, young men of draft age who hoped to complete college were given hope when the Selective Service announced it would continue to provide college deferments based on performance for the time being. It was reported in the March 25, 1966 edition of the Tribune, a Selective service spokesman had put it succinctly, "We are preparing for the worst and hoping for the best." It issued guidelines to the local draft boards that allowed them to consider a student's calss standing and deferment test score in determining deferment eligibility.

March 23, 2016 | Veronica Coons | Local News


Laughing stock

Monday night, it was once again confirmed that Kansas is currently the nation's cautionary tale. The Late Night with Seth Meyers bit, "Kansas tax cuts: A closer look," summed up how far the great experiment in tax elimination has failed.

March 23, 2016 | Veronica Coons | Viewpoint


The importance of leadership

Frustration over bills that seemingly target western and rural Kansas unfairly was evident from some of the questions asked by attendees at the Hoisington Legislative Coffee Saturday. Hoisington School Board President Dean Stoskopf. and Superintendent Bill Lowry were vocal on a bill that would limit a district's ability to raise funds for capital improvements and one that sought to consolidate small school districts, as well as the ongoing legal battles to define the Gannon decision on school funding. Hoisington City Council member Brian Wilborn also questioned the logic of the state legislature's decisions to seek passages of some ...

March 22, 2016 | Veronica Coons | Local News


Perfect Pancakes

Cool weather puts people in the mood for hot pancakes, Albert Volunteer Fire Chief Charles Keller said. He's a man who knows what he's talking about. Hundreds turned out Saturday evening for the annual Albert Volunteer Firefighters Pancake Feed and Raffle. Each year for 27 years, the town of about 175 population located in southwest Barton County swells to over 600 as people from the surrounding area come for all-you-can-eat pancakes, scrambled eggs and sausage and the chance to win their share of $100s in prizes donated by area businesses and individuals.

March 22, 2016 | Veronica Coons | Local News


Legislators talk about '800 lb gorilla'

At the Hoisington legislative coffee Saturday morning, Rep. John Edmonds, Rep. Troy Waymaster, and Sen. Mitch Holmes talked on issues and actions of note in their respective houses before opening up the floor to questions.

March 19, 2016 | Veronica Coons | Local News


Legislators coming to Hoisington

The Hoisington Chamber of Commerce will host a Legislative Coffee Saturday, March 19 at the Hoisington Activity Center meeting room at 10 a.m.

March 17, 2016 | Veronica Coons | Local News


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Articles By Author - Veronica Coons


Uniforms of past wars featured at BCHS museum

"Every since Barton County has existed, we have been represented in every war foreign war this country has fought in," said Beverly Komarek. director at ...

May 27, 2016 | Veronica Coons | Local News


BREATHING EASY

"If you are lucky enough to get a second chance at something, don't ever waste it."

May 26, 2016 | Veronica Coons | Local News


Filing deadline is almost here

As Memorial Day approaches, we should remember that two important privileges American soldiers have fought to protect is our right to vote, as well as ...

May 25, 2016 | Veronica Coons | Viewpoint


Ellinwood After Harvest Fest Parade announced

ELLINWOOD - The Ellinwood Rotary Club in cooperation with the Ellinwood Chamber of Commerce is in the process of organizing Ellinwood's After Harvest Festival parade ...

May 25, 2016 | Veronica Coons | Local News


USD 431 special called meeting held

HOISINGTON -- On Tuesday, May 24, the USD 431 Board of Eduction met in a special called meeting at 5:30 p.m. Notice of the ...

May 25, 2016 | Veronica Coons | Local News


Perfect attendance celebrated at USD 428

USD 428 elementary schools celebrated the end of the 2015-2016 school year last week, each in their own unique ways. They promoted kindergarten students and ...

May 20, 2016 | Veronica Coons | Local News


Bathrooms are meant for one thing

Sex, it turns out, is a fantastic distraction. While the majority of the country is caught up in the debate over transgender use of restrooms ...

May 19, 2016 | Veronica Coons | Viewpoint


Claflin city council approves purchase of police vehicle

The Claflin City Council met Monday, May 9, at the city building. City Clerk Patricia Schmidt submitted minutes from the meeting. At the meeting, the ...

May 17, 2016 | Veronica Coons | Local News


Hoisington EMS to hold open house Thursday

Red is usually the color of choice for fire trucks, catching the eye and delivering the universal message - an emergency is at hand. But coming ...

May 17, 2016 | Veronica Coons | Local News


GB breaks ground on community orchard

In April, 2015, community volunteers from several organizations met at the Brit Spaugh zoo to plant the seeds of a project that years from now ...

March 04, 2016 | Veronica Coons | Progress: Agriculture, Oil & Industry


Heartland Farm grows agritourism

Heartland Farm, operated by the Dominican Sisters of Peace, is located 10 miles west of Great Bend. They have been an active participants in recent ...

March 04, 2016 | Veronica Coons | Progress: Agriculture, Oil & Industry


Hoisington Land Bank expanding housing options

The city of Hoisington's decision to start a land bank is starting to pay off. The Hoisington Land Bank offers free lots in an ...

March 04, 2016 | Veronica Coons | Progress: Commerce & Finance


Claflin museum reopens better than ever

CLAFLIN - Claflin's history museum had to close unexpectedly in 2010 when the building, one of Claflin's original structures, had severe structural problems.

March 04, 2016 | Veronica Coons | Progress: Community


Ellinwood opens wellness center

2015 saw the culmination of a four-year effort by the Ellinwood Recreation Commission and volunteers in the community. The dream of opening a year-round fitness ...

March 04, 2016 | Veronica Coons | Progress: Community


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